London's Thames to See Tidal Energy
A trial project is underway in London’s famous Thames River. Tidal energy turbines are being tested in the river in a joint venture between newly formed Thames Tidal and Nautricity—a tidal technology developer. Energy Invest Group is also partaking in the project as a financier and developer. Following a successful trial run, the two companies plan to install hundreds of tidal turbines in the river, capable of powering 35,000 homes.
The trial will use Nautricity’s CoRMaT tidal turbine design—a small capsule-style design. The trial is being conducted just adjacent to the famous HQS Wellington, a permanently moored ship located at Temple Steps in London’s center.
If the trial proves successful, then turbines will be installed along the Thames from Westminster to Margate.
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Nautricity Chief Executive Cameron Johnstone says, "The demonstration project gives us a real opportunity to demonstrate [how] tidal electricity facilities using Nautricity's tidal turbines can be good neighbors with existing river users while making a significant contribution to our national carbon reduction goals."
The project will be developed over the course of several years. Initial development efforts will be geared toward reassuring stakeholders of the project’s viability.
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
Global energy storage updates
TEVOCS has announced the launch of a powerful series of universal portable power stations that provide reliable power for off-grid situations, travel, home backup and more. With an impressive 2080WH capacity and 2000W output, the TEVOCS power station is billed as 'the ultimate power station for modern life' and is available here.
Enlight Renewable Energy has completed the acquisition of 90.1% of the holdings in Clēnera LLC, a leading and seasoned company in the field of initiation, development, construction and operation of solar energy and energy storage projects in the United States.
Last month Canadian Solar Inc. was awarded the first utility-scale battery storage project in Colombia of 45 MW/45 MWh. The project was awarded in the public tender launched by Colombia's Ministry of Energy and Mines, via its affiliate UPME, the Mining and Energy Planning Unit.